Global Conservation News August 25

Source: Blue whales returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after 40-year absence

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This Colombian project is using nature to tackle drought

World Economic Forum 

La Mojana is particularly exposed to climate change, and many of its residents rely on the delta system for their daily lives and livelihoods. Nature-based solutions are a crucial tool in tackling climate change, with University of Oxford scientists estimating it could limit global warming by up to 0.3°C…

Unprecedented loss of biodiversity: A million species under threat but there are ways to conserve earth’s living systems

Daily Maverick

Human-induced climate change isn’t just warming the planet to dangerous levels, it’s also threatening the living systems that depend on a stable climate. Add to that centuries of our plundering the natural world for resources and, according to the first draft of a Biodiversity Convention report, we have…

Restoration of nature has a direct role to play in tackling climate change

The Scotsman

As the world attempts to emerge from the pandemic, many countries are grappling with rising temperatures and more extreme weather. is vital that our leaders do not forget that this is not just a climate emergency but a nature and climate emergency, a twin crisis that must be tackled with shared solutions…

UN’s draft plan to protect nature must be amended to put human rights at centre


The UN’s draft plan to preserve and protect nature must be amended to put human rights at its centre if we are to ensure the future of life on our planet, David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment, said today…

Interview: Indigenous-led conservation in Nagaland preserves rare wildlife

The Third Pole

Attention has turned to what targets like protecting 30% of land and sea will mean in practice for communities living in biodiversity hotspots. It is increasingly recognised that the experiences and perspectives of indigenous people and local communities must be at the forefront of protected area…

How can managed landscapes contribute to biodiversity goals?

Global Landscapes Forum

Currently, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is in the final stages of being negotiated as the pathway for stopping and reversing the biodiversity crisis, the die-off of the variety of life on Earth. But it’s missing one set of landscapes in particular: agricultural and mixed landscapes….

Blue whales returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after 40-year absence

The Guardian

Some experts fear climate crisis is leading creatures back to area where they were hunted almost to extinction. Blue whales, the world’s largest mammals, are returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after an absence of more than 40 years. The first one was spotted off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain…

Small mammals desperately need attention — now we know where to focus


Two small mammal groups — Rodentia (like mice, beavers, squirrels) and Eulipotyphla (like shrews, moles and hedgehogs) — together contain nearly half of all known mammal species. A new study provides an updated picture of where all of the globally threatened species from the two groups occur…

Nature crisis: Talks resume on global plan to protect biodiversity

BBC News

UN negotiators have resumed work on the text of world-wide plan to protect nature and species for the next decade. The draft Global Biodiversity Framework aims to conserve at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans. It will also push to eliminate plastic waste and cut pesticide use by at least two thirds…

Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

The Guardian

Planting trees without plastic tree guards should be standard practice, a UK study has found, as leading conservation charities and landowners seek sustainable alternatives to reduce plastic waste…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

CBD Secretariat’s new Action Agenda platform fosters “whole-of-society approach” to showcase commitments and actions from non-state actors to put biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030

New platform features expanded showcase of the 11 action categories identified to promote recommended transition pathways, as noted in 5th Global Biodiversity Outlook. Open-source software tools for sub-national and non-state actors to create their own commitment platforms…

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Extension of the review period of the study on the use and impact of the IPBES conceptual framework and other opportunities to participate in IPBES processes

I refer to four recent notifications issued by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) regarding opportunities to participate in ongoing and planned activities conducted by the Platform…

Invitation to the High-Level Segment of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and of the concurrent meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols

The aim of the High-Level Segment is to ensure political momentum in support of the ongoing negotiations to develop an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework that will be adopted at the second part of COP 15 in 2022…

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